16 Jul '11, 12am

Experts hail world's first 'sustainable industrial fishery' for tuna

Experts hail world's first 'sustainable industrial fishery' for tuna

It's a perfect storm, of the positive kind. UK environmentalists have won commitments from most of the major supermarkets to forsake fish caught with a particularly destructive fishing gear. At the same time Pacific islanders are taking unprecedented measures to limit the use of the gear on the world’s last major populations of tuna and a company is partnering with them to market their sustainable tuna globally. One expert calls the simultaneous curbs on the gear and rising demand for fish caught without it a 'unique set of push-pull effects' which could make the Western Pacific tuna the world's first sustainable industrial fishery. The region today produces two-thirds of the world’s tinned tuna, worth over 3 billion pounds. The FAD that's going out of fashion... The controversial fishing gear at the centre of this story are known as Fish-Aggregating Devices, or FADs - flo...

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